In order keep your husbands S. Fremont commute reasonable, you may want to initially focus on the nearby communities of Fremont, Newark, Union City, Milpitas and San Jose to see what is available. The quality of the schools varies greatly, if that is a consideration. South Fremont/Warm Springs has some excellent schools, but the most of the housing stock is somewhat older (mid-20th century) than other parts of Fremont. Properties in the hills can have lovely views, but are more costly, of course.
I would be happy discuss more options with you at your convenience.
As John suggested, Iâ€™d recommend you interview a few East Bay agents (all three of us here certainly qualify) and then, once youâ€™ve made your choice, go over everything with them by phone, email and in person. We frequently pick up out-of-area clients and drive them around various areas so they can get a feel for which city and neighborhood best fits their needs.
As an example, you mentioned views: San Leandro, Castro Valley and Hayward have the best chance of finding a home with views, but the commute to South Fremont can be absolutely awful. San Leandro/Castro Valley to South Fremont is easily 30 minutes in good traffic â€¦ in rush hour, it could double in a heartbeat. If you want a home in Fremont with a view, you are more than likely going to be out of your price range. Union City has some homes with views. You may like Haywardâ€™s view homes but not feel comfortable with Haywardâ€™s schools ... without an in-depth conversation, itâ€™s going to be hard to really know what you want.
You must remember that the various Peninsula cities are all differentâ€¦Redwood City, San Carlos, Atherton, Menlo Park, San Bruno, South San Franciscoâ€¦to name a few. Similarly, the cities that you have mentioned are different from each other. Within each city you will find older and newer homes. Some will be closer to your husbandâ€™s job and others are more distant. Your husband will be working in Fremont but you did not even include that cityâ€¦the fourth largest in the Bay Areaâ€¦which offers lots of options for home buying. Milpitas is another city which may offer a convenient commute for your husband.
My suggestion is that you interview two or three Realtors who can help you to decide where you focus needs to be. Pick the Realtor that suits your personality.
Besides price/square foot and commute as your criteria, what are your other criteria?
Do you have school-age children in which case school districts may play a role?
Since you prefer newer homes but would consider older homes, how old? Are you open to renovated Victorians?
Do you prefer living in the city, versus the suburbs?
What amenities are important to you?
Do you prefer detached single family homes, or would you consider duets, townhouses?
This question was posted in San Leandro --- so if you would like to have a view, then presumably you're open to living in the hills?
Similarly, Fremont also has several newer development....so you may consider living there to make your husband's commute easier. Or do you prefer NOT to be in the same city?
If you'll itemize the various criteria that are important to you, then we can narrow your search to cities that will offer the most based on your requrements. Let me know how I may help.
If you're looking in San Ramon --- there are several new communities, but many are farther away and as such driving to the interstate (for commuters) there would be added minutes to the commute.